Year-End State of Modified Mind Address 2002

Another year...the third full year of Modified Mind to be exact...is in the books. A new year is here, and with it a new look for Modified Mind (MM). This editorial will take a look at some details of the new MM to give the readers a better idea of what this site is all about.

Before I begin though, I would like to thank several people who have really contributed -- either through actual content or by inspiring me in the world of body modification. If you're not interested in these "shout-outs" skip on down to the next paragraph. I'd like to thank Shannon Larratt for his support in hosting this site...I've said it before and I'll say it again: without him this would not have been possible. I'd like to thank the staff of Modified Mind and the MM Round Table for their contributions and my fiance for helping me with advice on the site (and of course, her support...yea I guess I should mention that...). I'd also like to thank Greg Morgan, Ron Garza, Allen Falkner, Pat Pruitt, Paul Fitzgibbons, Adam Cline, Jason Abels, and all those at the Texas IAM BBQ for inspiring me to work harder, both in my journey as a modified person and in my work on this e-zine. And thanks to all the readers...the growing support this site receives from all of you has also been a great inspiration. Thank you.

Now, for the explanation of the new MM. Many of you will have noticed a change in the look of the cover page...let me know what you think. As for the content, here goes:

I decided to add explanations to the Sections area so the readers know what each section is about more promptly, allowing them to find what they are looking for. In the next few weeks, I plan on making the ModMap links section flow smoothly too but it will remain as is on the main page. I've also added to the old ModCorner as I call it...the section consisted originally of Tune In, In The Headlines, and Modified Education. The last of these barely ever made it onto the page, but that will now change. Some of you may have noticed that the archived section of headlines is no more...this was a decision based on BME's newsfeed. The archive there will be a lot more mainstream and permanent I'm sure, so I decided MM would downsize the headlines. I am not removing the category altogether though, I will continue to publish headlines on the main page and try to uncover things that BME's feed might have missed...only the archive will no longer be used.

The rest of what I have to mention is brand new to the site. First comes Atlas, a new section of the ModCorner which will be a link feature of body modification highlights from a particular state/country/region. It'll be updated on a regular basis, and any links listed which are not in the ModMap will be added to it once the link's run on the Atlas is over. Two brand new sections have come to MM as well, Employment Line and Custom Gallery. While I do not want to make MM another site featuring galleries of images as its main content I do feel that custom jewelry has not really found an art gallery of its own so I believe that the Custom Gallery might be a nice addition to MM. I also hope it might provide more interesting covers for the site, instead of MM only seeing five to ten covers a year. Employment Line brings a new interactive section to the site, one that I have high hopes for. I know the struggle of finding employment as a visibly modified person, so I was inspired to create a place where people could let each other know of places that are mod-friendly in their policies and dress codes. Of course, with the way this database is set up, I have included a disclaimer so everyone knows this is based on input from other people and not the companies themselves.

I do hope everyone enjoys the new look and content of MM, and if anyone has any suggestions, comments, etc. please don't hesitate to let me know.



Thank you,
Bryan Henderson
Modified Mind Editor/Creator
crow100@bitstreet.com

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